China has been ambivalent in the past about Russian overtures to ally against the U.S., but that's changing due to concerns over the implications of Obama's pivot to Asia.
There have recently been calls from within the Chinese military for an alliance with Russia to stand up to the U.S. pressure. China's political leadership, for the time being, remains skeptical, and so does Putin.
But in Moscow, too, there's a pro-China lobby, and Western intervention in Syria could provide the catalyst for a strategic rebalancing, with wide-ranging implications for the U.S.
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